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How to evolve Charcadet into Armarouge or Ceruledge

You’ll need to visit Zapapico before getting Pokémon Scarlet or Violet’s version-exclusive knight

A freshly-evolved Amarouge stands in Zapapico Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon
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In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Charcadet evolves into Armarouge or Ceruledge, depending on which version of the game you have.

Armarouge (fire/psychic) can only be obtained in Scarlet, while Ceruledge (fire/ghost) is exclusive to Violet. To evolve your Charcadet into either of these, you need an item that you trade for in Zapapico.

Where to find Charcadet

As you can see on the map below, Charcadet is just about everywhere. It’s small, so make sure to look for its red flames carefully. We caught ours in West Province (Area One) in the mountainous area.

Where to catch Charcadet, according to the Pokédex. Nearly every spot on the map is eligible. Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

How to evolve Charcadet into Armarouge or Ceruledge

To evolve Charcadet, you will need to trade items to this man in Zapicico:

A man in Zapapico says “Fancy a trade?” while a map marks where he is in the center of the town Graphics: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo

If you have Scarlet, he’ll ask for 10 Bronzor Fragments in exchange for an Auspicious Armor. If you have Violet, he’ll want 10 Sinistea Chips in exchange for a Malicious Armor. Both of these are use items, just like evolution stones, and they’ll be consumed once you use it to evolve your Pokémon. You can buy more from the man as long as you have the supplies.

The two required items are drops that you get from defeating or catching the relevant Pokémon or its evolutions. Defeating its evolutions (Bronzong and Polteageist) seems to yield more materials.

Where to find Bronzor and Sinistea in Scarlet and Violet

You can find Bronzor and Sinistea at the locations below.

Where Bronzor can be found in Paldea, specifically around ruins. Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon
Where players can find Sinistea in Paldea, only in two small locations. Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

If you want the evolution that you cannot directly obtain in your game version, you can do many things:

  • Ask a buddy to trade you the evolution
  • Ask a buddy to give the item to a Pokémon to hold and then trade for that Pokémon

You cannot buy the opposite versions' evolution item in multiplayer mode, so you’ll have to use the above methods to get the item or evolution that is not native to your game.

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